Monday, November 2, 2009

Why a Mission?

Ok, so this blog is new and I’m sure that in the vast ocean of blogs, it’s merely a drop. Perhaps as you read this, you’re asking yourself, “Why does the world need another blog?” I know I was asking myself that when the thought first entered my mind at the beginning of this year. (Yes, I know it’s November already!)

Well, when I ask questions, I like to first pose them to God and see what His response is. God, what would be the purpose of my blog? On August 21, while worshipping at my church’s Downpour event, I heard back: “Get focused when you know you are headed into battle. Apply the Warrior Ethos to Spiritual Living.”

The first part of the Warrior Ethos is “I will always place the Mission first.” I knew God wanted me to focus more intently on placing His Mission first. I get more accomplished when I approach all of life as a Mission. Life can be seen as a series of Missions. Some last a lifetime; others are completed in the course of an hour or a day.

A Mission is defined as this: an operational task, usually assigned by a higher headquarters, or, an operation designed to carry out the goals of a specific program. In life, God is the Higher Headquarters. He designed the entire Operation. His Specific Program is the Ultimate Goal.

That night God was saying to me, “The times in your life when you felt bored, were impatient, and generally lacked purpose and direction, it was because you were not focused on the Mission I had for you. That is why you suffered defeat. Focus on me and I will give you a Mission, and it will be a great Adventure.”

When God asks you to go on a Mission, How can you refuse?


Tom said...

Read your Blog. You kind of sound like a younger version of me. My whole life has been built on "the five paragraph order", S.M.E.A.C. Everything I did, and do now works from this order.

I served my country for over 27 years in the Marine Corps, and S.M.E.A.C. was always apart of it.

Tom said...

SITUATION: The situation is that you are going into battle.
MISSION: Your mission is to train hard, be aware of your surroundings, and listen to God.
EXECUTION:Use all you have learned, apply all tactics and remember who put you in harms way, and why.
ADMINISTRATION & LOGISTICS: Remember your training, and bring your bible.
COMMAND & COMMUNICATIONS: Follow the words of God, and stay in constant contact with him.

Wesley Sargent said...

Sir - Thank you for your service and the SMEAC...I use it too! Right now, I'm focused on the Mission, and how it parallels the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge.

Wesley Sargent said...

Also don't forget that Situation includes information on both Friendly and Enemy Forces!

Glad you found my blog, Hopefully I can provide some good reading for you!

R.P.Edwards said...

Hi W. Gave your latest post a closer look. Insightful. I am not an expert on the "blog" world. Only got into it due to the great layoff of '09. But, if I may, I'd like to read many more snippets of you and your experience. Some of the day to day stuff;the "while I ate my cinnamon bagel this morning", the "it hit me while I was driving," the "I was reminded during my workout" kind of stuff. Do some flashbacks, the what I did, how I saw it, how I see it now. Just little glimpses of the Christian Warrior, husband/ Dad(?), Wesley Sargent. A little here and there and every now and then a larger piece (as is posted now.) So, have at it soldier. The world is waiting for a "front line" view.
All the best, R.P.